Gotta agree with Desslock on this one. I just can't fathom how the writers and producers of Fear the Walking Dead are still gainfully employed. This half-season finale was easily the worst episode of TWD or FtWD to date, and perhaps one of the most poorly written and directed episodes of dramatic television I've seen in a long long time. Some lowlights:
The Chris story. There is simply no defending or explaining this. Yes, the kid is obviously suffering from PTSD in the wake of his mom's sudden and horrific death. I can easily see how that might make him want to distance himself from his dad, and even how he might feel resentment towards his dad and his stepmom. I could see him going off in situations where the group is in danger, becoming reckless or even suicidal in his interactions with walkers. But instead he seems to have gone full on psychopath, looking to kill not just his stepmom, but his step-sister (with whom he seemed to have an OK relationship previously) and possibly father as well. WTF?! Early on I expected Chris would gravitate towards Daniel, looking to emulate Daniel's cold and calculated approach to the new world, but this off-the-rails-wants-to-kill-everyone thing is just ridiculous.
Then we have Nick, the walker whisperer. He discovers the trick our TWD gang has used on occasion to move unmolested through the walkers and somehow he thinks it makes him invincible (also, where is he getting so many clean t-shits? Blood doesn't simply rinse out of a white tee). Someone tries to hand-wave it away by saying "oh, he was an addict, and he can't get drugs anymore, so now he's addicted to the rush that comes with walking among the dead". The fuck? Sure, Nick was/is an addict, but he's already shown time and time again that he's far more intelligent and intuitive than most people, it's why Strand liked him from the start, and that alone should protect him from going bonkers. Instead I would assume Nick would use his new found skills for good, like when he brought back Luis to try and appease Celia. That was smart. He should be moving around town scavenging supplies and weapons, scouting the area, etc.. Nick has been shown to care a great deal about Alicia and his mother, and seems to have a budding relationship with Ophelia, so why the hell would he suddenly decide to go on Walker Walkabout instead of staying with them and protecting them? Zero sense.
Travis' story is stupid, but not unreasonable. He loves his son and wants to save him from himself. Travis is simply a victim of Chris' ridiculous storyline.
Daniel's insanity is really the only one that makes legitimate sense. He's been carrying around the guilt of what he's done for decades before the apocalypse, and now the events happening to him and the loss of his wife, the only person he ever fully confided in, has pushed him to his breaking point. Even then he manages to pull back from the brink and do something smart (torching the walkers and escaping with Ophelia). I feel like whomever is writing Daniel's character is the only writer with an ounce of talent in the entire writer's room. His backstory is compelling, and it's being used to full effect in the current storyline (he has skills that have come in handy, yet every time he uses them he's reminded of what he once was, and it eventually catches up to him). Daniel and Strand are honestly the only characters I care about at this point.
I don't know how the show claws its way out of the deep pit of stupid it's dug for itself in this half-season finale. I hope they take the time away to bring in some decent writers and maybe re-think where they are going with the plot though.